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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good now now, but not sure about long term. 04/02/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Motherboard comes packaged well. Upon opening it, it feels sold and the head sinks are well supported. The layout of the board is also good, allowing easy access to SATA and other ports.

Cons: The first thing you need to do is update the BIOS. This isn't really a con, but does need to be done, as other reviews have stated there are issues with shipping BIOS.

At this price, I would expect more than 2 SATA cables. My ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 board from 2001 came with 6 SATA, and other cables as well.

Other Thoughts: I removed my ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro Gen 3 board I've been using since 2011 from my Cooler Master case and put in this Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H board without any problems. I did have to use an Intel i7 LGA-1150 CPU, since the other CPU I had been using was an Intel 2600K LGA-1155.

I installed my same RAM (Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB DDR3 2133MHz), Video Card (PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti), CPU Heatsink (Noctua NH-D14), Hard Drives (Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 2TB), and Enermax 800W power supply.

After everything was connected, I flashed the BIOS and easily set it up. At first I decided not overclocking the CPU or the RAM, so there would be no issues.
Then got my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate configured with the drivers that are needed for the board (which did take about 45 minutes). After that it was all up and running.

After no issues for a few days, I decided to overclock the RAM from 1600MHz to the 2133MHz that I had been using before. Again this was simple to do in the BIOS, and I ran some tests, such as Super Pi, Intel Burn, Prime95 and memory testers to make use it was solid. Then after several days of stability, I then started to increase the CPU's speed and voltage little by little. I have a lot of experience with CPU overclocking, and don't think the "automatic" settings, since they usually give the processor more voltage than is needed, and create higher temps. But if you gradually increase, after trial-and-error in a few days you can find a good OC speed with voltage that will be just right. But with most mid-range boards, you can't OC the CPU too much, or will get boot errors and shut-downs.

Once all this was done, I've been running the board stable for a week now with no issues. But in all honestly, I do like my ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro Gen 3 board better. It seems to have more features, and actually seems to run faster (but not sure why).

Overall, this is a good mid-range Z87 board, but at this price, you might as well spend a bit more and go with a top-tier board with more features, better overclocking, and added expandability.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Small and works well 03/13/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA

Pros: The device is small, easy to carry around to take anywhere. Fast USB3 speeds. Can be used as a standard flash drive on any PC to back-up or transfer files. Has a standard USB3 port on one end (that can connect to a PC) and a USB2 microUSB port on the other end (for connecting to a phone or tablet).

Cons: It only works with a limited amount of Android phones, mostly the ones made by Samsung. Be sure to check the Corsair site to see if it is compatible with your phone.

Other Thoughts: I used this with the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Note 4 without any issues. Plugging it into the phone's microUSB port shows up as external storage, and you can move files between the phone's internal memory (or microSD card) to and from this Corsair flash drive using the Astro File Manager app (from Google Play store) pretty easily.

So for example, say you took a lot of picture of videos, and it's taking up space on the phone's memory. You can connect to this and move the files over to it. This can come in handy while on vacation. Then you can simply plug the flash drive to your PC to access them.

When connected to my PC, I used the ATTO program to benchmark transfer speeds and got 140 MB/sec Read, and 20 MB/sec write when connect to a USB3 port.

Overall, I'm pleased with the device, even though there are only select Android phones and tablets that are compatible with it. The size is almost "too small" but since it doesn't take up much room, it's easy to take with you. But if you don't have plan on using it with a phone or tablet, then you may be better off buying a standard flash drive without the microUSB connector.

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Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good wireless headset for gaming 12/15/2013

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: Easy to set-up and install with Windows 7. Wireless with about 50 foot range. Good quality for games with surround-sound.

Cons: Not as good for dedicated high-quality (FLAC/MP3) music playback. Drivers still have some issues with Windows 8.1

Other Thoughts: This is the first wireless gaming headset that I have used, so I can't really compare it to other wireless gaming headset units.

Overall...I am please with the use of this headset while playing games.
The surround sound really does give you a sense of immersion with sound effects coming from all directions. I was able to get about 40 foot range until some sound started to break-up, and would get worse at 50 feet when it dropped the wireless connection.

The headset is a bit heavy, but everything is padded well and feels comfortable. But after 45-60 minutes of use, the weight starts to get to you. Also, the battery needs to be re-charged every few hours.

But for strictly music playback, I would pass on this headset, since the sound quality (mid-tones) is lacking and the mic is not removable and in the way, even though it can be flipped-up. Better off with a high-quality wired headset.

Driver set-up was no issues while using Windows 7 Ultimate x64, but with Windows 8 and 8.1 it did have some issues using the latest drivers posted on the Corsair site, so hopefully Corsair will update these with more stable drivers in the future.

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